Living in Contentment

Hebrews13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Where does covetousness come from?

In Matthew 7:18-23, we learn that out of the hearts of men proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, thefts, and covetousness. Covetousness is a sin that seems to go unnoticed. I think the reason for this is because everyone is affected by it. Covetousness is a sin that comes from the heart; no one sees or knows about it except ourselves, and for that reason we don’t make as a big of deal of it as we should.

What is outcome of coveting?

According to 1Timothy 6:9 a covetous man, the man who desires something falls into temptation (notice that the Bible doesn’t say that he will fall but rather it says that he falls the moment he starts wanting something) and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men into destruction and perdition. Destruction. Covetousness not only leads to destruction but it makes a man always want more. You will never be satisfied. Solomon warns us in Ecclesiastes 5:10 “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.” Covetousness never leads to something good–just to more sin and destruction and to no satisfaction.

What do you really say when you covet?

What are you really saying when you live a life that is constantly coveting and wanting and desiring? You might as well be saying, “God you are not enough. Your provisions are not going to sustain me. The life that you gave me is not what I deserve. The house that I live in is not good enough for me. The wage that I have is too little. The kids that have aren’t good enough. The ministry that YOU have put me in is not sufficient. The salvation that you GAVE me is not enough to overshadow the deficiencies that you have placed in my life. God there are better things out there and you are withholding them from me.”

How can I am become Content?

We should control our thoughts. Here are some things we already know and should think on when we are discontent:

Think on God’s goodness. Realize He knows your every need. He knows what you need before you ever even ask Him! Realize that God will give you what He thinks you need.

Contentment usually comes when there is fellowship with God–when you are so in love with God there is nothing else you could want.

When am I suppose to be Content?

Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Conversation here is your life, your conduct. Paul says that he’s learned in whatsoever state he is in therewith to be content. For us hat means when we have a lot of money we are content. That means when we have no money we will be content. That means when our health is fine we are content and when it is not we are content. And so on–we are content in every possible situation.

What does it mean to be content?

It is easy on the outside to wear a mask. You can show people on the outside that you are happy. But reality deep down you are a mess. You aren’t satisfied with the situation God has you in. You are longing (coveting) for something more, and there is no way in this current situation you will be satisfied. There is always something more, but in reality all that matters is right there with you. Indwelling you. Telling you that He would never leave you nor would he ever forsake you. You see being truly content is when you all you realize all you have is Christ and then you realize that is all that you need.

What is the outcome of being content?

Once you realize that Christ is sufficient and you are content with just having that then you will be at rest. There will be a peace when you find your satisfaction in the Lord. There will be a peace that passes all understanding. An ability to be at rest when situations seem so troubling. True praise, adoration and worship come from a heart that is satisfied in Christ. When we are full of peace and have hearts full of praise people on the outside will begin to notice that there is something different in us. When people take notice that we are not like the rest of the world, but instead we are satisfied and content, then maybe God would use that to bring others to Himself.

Love, Kelli

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  • 4 thoughts on “Living in Contentment

    1. Thanks for this powerful reminder Kelli! “Covetousness never leads to something good–just to more sin and destruction and to no satisfaction.” Exactly what I needed today: God is enough!

    2. Kelli,

      Really liked this post. I’m sure it will resonate with many. Who can say they have not struggled with this area of contentment. And the whole marketing arena is based on getting us to be discontent so they can sell us the next product. Thanks for the post. I really enjoyed it.

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